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Kristina Irion is Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Policy and Research Director, Public Policy, with the Center for Media and Communications StudiesĀ  (CMCS) at Central European University. She is a qualified lawyer, earned her PhD degree from Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, and holds a Masters degree in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.

Before joining CEU in 2007, she was a part time counsel at the data protection officer in Berlin (Berlin Officer for Data Protection and Freedom of Information) and worked as Senior Regulatory Counsel for a German mobile phone network operator. Kristina also gained working experience as a trainee at the European Commission in Brussels and was a visiting fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, EPIC in Washington.

Her research centers around Information Society policies, in particular regulation and policy of audiovisual media and electronic communications, and information privacy protection. She has published in German and English; her doctoral thesis on Wholesale Access to Electronic Communications Networks under EC Competition Law was published in 2005. In the Master of Arts in Public Policy programme she is the academic coordinator of the specialised stream in Media, Information and Communications Policy.

Kristina is currently involved in three European research projects and she is a consultant for the OECD on child online protection policy. She is a member of the international advisory boards of Privacy International based in London and the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington DC.